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savvo digital sommelier solutions

Matching shoppers and wine brands when and where the opportunity is greatest – at the point of purchase, in the wine aisle of grocery stores.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Marketing / Advertising
  • Location Chicago, IL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2012
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Savvo matches shoppers and wines at the critical point of purchase using tablet-based kiosks located directly in the wine aisles of grocery stores. Our platform provides wine brands the opportunity to connect with shoppers who are looking for assistance in the selection process. Shoppers enter in their search criteria and find wines that match, allowing for targeted marketing, a much deeper brand engagement and data collection.


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    CEO & Cofounder

    Experienced entrepreneur with a strong background in operations and the wine industry. Savvo is the third startup Joe has been apart of, the second he co-founded. Previously he held positions from Wine Buyer to General Manager in the restaurants industry. Joe has his MBA with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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    Oscar Yau

    Talented and experienced software developer with a background in the aerospace and financial industries. Oscar has 10 years of professional experience as a senior software developer. He earned a Masters in Computer Information Systems and dual bachelor degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.

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    Sales & Marketing Manager

    Dan has a strong background in retail sales and marketing from his time spent at Vosges Haut-Chocolat. His bachelors degree and work experience in psychology give him unique insight into consumer needs and motivation. In 2013 he launched his own social enterprise and competed in the Chicago Lean Startup Challenge. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder and an MBA from DePaul University.


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    Greg Barnes
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    Jeffrey Lamp
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